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Tuesday, 31 May 1960

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - I can tell the Leader of the Opposition that the committee which is inquiring into taxation laws is going very actively about the task which the Government invited it to perform. I am sure that he and other honorable members will regret to know that the chairman, Sir George Ligertwood, has suffered illness which, in recent times, has required that an acting chairman in the person of Mr. D. B. Lewington, one of the members of the committee, should be appointed. That has not interrupted the itinerary of the committee. It is now proceeding to the various capital cities of the Commonwealth and is thus providing opportunities for the making of representations. Already a considerable volume of material has been presented to the committee. I am not able to say when its report will be completed, but I do not expect that it will be available before the forthcoming Budget is presented. However, if there is any information proceeding from the committee which would be of interest to honorable members, I shall see that it is conveyed to them.

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